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How do you get readers to turn the pages?

Author Don Massenzio

The topic of this blog is one that has been a challenge for me and I’m sure for many others. How do you keep readers interested enough in your book to keep turning the pages.

When I wrote my first book, I tried to look at authors that kept me turning the pages of their books and reflected on the techniques they use. Three authors came to mind immediately. Harlan Coben, Stephen King and J.K. Rowling.

These three authors are very different and the techniques they use also differ quite a bit.

  • Harlan Coben – If I had to sum up Coben’s page turning technique, I would say that short chapters are the key. He has this in common with James Patterson. His chapters are like potato chips. You try to stop, but you keep telling yourself “just one more” and before you know it, hours have passed and you’ve…

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How a Copywriter Would Write a Book Description to Hook Readers…

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By Lisa Brown  on The Just Publishing Advice site:

A book description is probably one of the most important sections of a book because a book buyer will read the book description before decide if the book is worth buying.

It is why you should pay extra attention to this if you want to up the sales of a book. If you are a writer who is writing a book description for someone else, you want to give the best service by acing the job.

It is a unique skill because it takes a very good writer to summarize an entire book. Perhaps it seems easier than it really is, but you are going to have to grab the attention of potential customers from your opening line.

Typing a manuscript is one thing. Understanding and communicating the contents of a book is something else. Copywriters are usually good at doing…

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Your Book Needs These 6 Psychological Ingredients

Psychology has given us such a wonderful understanding into human behaviour that’s it’s a veritable gold-mine for writers. It not only lets us understand our characters on a deeper level, but also our readers. Those fellow humans — that we’re asking to trade their money and their time in return for consuming our words — have picked up your book for a reason. And whether its romance like the ones I write, a thriller or a prehistoric space fantasy, they’re looking for something. Six certain ‘somethings’. As a writer, if you have these six factors present then you’ve built a solid foundation for a book they won’t put down. How do I know? Because psychology says so :)

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Smorgasbord End of Summer Party – Day Two – Three musketeers, The A Team and Free book

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Thank you so much for joining the party on day two and hope you are not too exhausted. Yesterday I featured William Price King, Paul Andruss, with some of the very early visitors to the blog who are still an important part of my support today. There was some food from Robbie Cheadle to keep everyone going, some music from Status Quo,Queen and Bette Midler.. and a FREEbook.

My novel Just an Odd Job Girl is available in eBook – Mobi for Kindle and epub for all other devices. You just have to email and tell me which version – sally.cronin@moyhill.com.

I would love you to participate and if you have not already taken this short quiz and left your answers and links in the comments then now is your chance.

My experience with most of you reading this, is that you are very modest, and…

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What’s in a name? Guest Post by Jemima Pett…

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Luke Skywalker

Elizabeth Bennet

Jack Reacher

Stephanie Plum

Indiana Jones

Bridget Jones

Zarko Fanwester

Each name probably leaps into your imagination. If you’ve seen them on film or tv, you may have a distinct image of them, too. How well do their names fit the personalities you treasure them for?

Luke Skywalker. Luke is a solid name; shades of biblical resonance, traditional. Skywalker; surely he isn’t a dirtfarmer or whatever they do in the desert where he lives. He belongs in the air, a pilot, at the very least. Is he a hero? Maybe not intentionally.

Elizabeth Bennet. Another traditional name. Bennet is among the more ‘common’ English surnames, in that there are many people with it, although the single t adds a slightly period feeling to it. Elizabeth always seems to have overtones of regality, especially when not contracted to Liz, Beth or Bess. Beth March is a much…

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4 Tips for Creating a Successful Book Blog

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If you love to read and you’re wondering what your next blog should be about then a book blog is the obvious first choice. Many great writers use book blogs to review and promote books they come across.

However, if you’re a novelist, then your book blog serves an additional purpose. It’s an additional opportunity to brand and market your book to followers who may one day become your customers, and form your fan base.

So how do you ensure you start off on the right foot, and make the best out of your book blog? Check out our four tips below.

1. Write About More than Your Book

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One of the biggest mistake indie authors make is giving in to that drive to sell, sell, sell. There is often either a push for people to buy the books,  or read and review a free copy.

You might be thinking…

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Smorgasbord Invitation to an end of Summer House Party – Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August

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In a few weeks we shall be coming to the end of the summer holidays and I thought that as I am also approaching my fourth blogging anniversary, it was time to have a party.

I have already begun to prepare my guest list with those wonderful writers who have supported me throughout those four years. They will be appearing automatically with their details and links over the three days.

However, as with any good party there is also an opportunity to mingle and share contact details with others to promote your blog, books and social media connections.

There will be some music, personal recollections of my special guests and something to eat and drink…virtually of course.

This is a celebration of a community that never fails to warm my heart with its kindness and generosity of spirit. I hope that you will be a part of it..

I will…

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